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Guidewire exchange vs new-site placement for temporary dialysis catheters insertion in ICU patients: is there a greater risk of colonization or dysfunction?


Critically ill patients routinely require temporary dialysis catheters (DCs) for renal replacement therapy (RRT). They carry a high risk for developing end-stage renal disease. Though, their vascular accesses must be preserved. Guidewire exchange (GWE) is often use to avoid venipuncture at new site. However, the impact of GWE on infection and dysfunction of DC in ICU has never been studied.


The aim of this study was to compare the effect GWE and new-site placement (NSP) strategies on DC colonization and dysfunction in patients requiring DC placement.


Using data from the ELVIS RCT (1496 critically ill adults requiring DC for RRT or plasma exchange) we performed a matched- cohort analysis. Cases were DCs inserted by GWE (N = 178) (first DC inserted by GWE in patients with multiple DC inserted by GWE), controls were DCs inserted by NSP (N = 178). We matched each case with a control based on the following criteria: participating center, SAPS II +/-10, insertion site (jugular or femoral), side for jugular site, and duration between ICU admission and DC placement. DC colonization was defined by a quantitative DC-tip culture yielding ≥1000 CFU/mL with vortexing and ≥100 CFU/mL with sonication, and when DC was left in place at ICU discharge, by a positive blood culture drawn from the DC hub. DC dysfunction was defined as DC removal as a result of inadequate catheter flow despite attempts to restore DC patency.

A sensitivity analysis was performed on the specific subgroup of patients with a DC changed because of dysfunction of the previous one. (138 GWE-DCs and 160 NSP-DCs).

The effect of the strategy of catheter insertion (GWE vs NSP) on DC colonization and dysfunction was estimated using a marginal Cox model.


In the matched-cohort analysis, GWE-DC and NSP-DC patients were not different for gender (118 (66.3%) vs. 109 (61.2%) male) and illness severity on admission (mean SAPS II: 66 vs. 66). However, GWE patients were younger (63 vs 67 years; P = 0.05) had longer median ICU length of stay (19 vs. 17 days; P = 0.004) and median hospital length of stay (37.5 vs. 32.5 days; P = 0.02). Between GWE-DCs and NSP-DCs, there was no difference in DC colonization (10 (5.6%) vs 10 (5.6%); hazard ratio (HR), 1.68 (0.40-6.98); P = 0.48) but DC dysfunction was more frequent (67 (37.6%) vs 28 (15.7%); HR, 3.68 (2.07-6.49); P < 0.0001), respectively. Major DC infection was observed in 2 GWE-DC and in 1 NSP-DC patients. In the sensitive analysis after adjustment on insertion site and side placement, GWE-DC and left side placement were independently associated with dysfunction; HR, 2.48 (1.67-3.68); P < 0.0001; HR, 2.06 (1.42-2.99); P = 0.0001, respectively.


In ICU patients, as compared to NSP, GWE of DCs did not contribute to DC colonization infection but is associated with a more than 2 fold increase of DC dysfunction.

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Coupez, E., Timsit, JF., Boyer, A. et al. Guidewire exchange vs new-site placement for temporary dialysis catheters insertion in ICU patients: is there a greater risk of colonization or dysfunction?. ICMx 3 (Suppl 1), A463 (2015).

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